February 21, 2017 / 3:07 PM / 2 years ago

BMW, Mobileye in deal to collect map data for self-driving cars

General view shows the headquarters of German luxury carmaker BMW in Munich, Germany January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s Mobileye and German automaker BMW said on Tuesday they signed an agreement to install Mobileye’s data generation technology in BMW cars starting with 2018 models.

The deal to crowdsource real-time data using vehicles equipped with Mobileye’s camera-based driver assist technology is critical for enabling autonomous driving through high definition (HD) maps aimed at making driving safer and more efficient, the companies said.

BMW has said it aims to put a fleet of 40 self-driving test vehicles on the road in the second half of this year.

To support the rapid creation and updating of HD mapping, BMW and Mobileye will transfer data to German digital mapping firm HERE, which will use the data to update its real-time cloud service for automated vehicles.

Last week, Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) said it would cooperate with Mobileye on a road navigation system.

Reporting by Steven Scheer

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